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Idioms about give

Origin of give

First recorded before 900; Middle English, from Old Norse gefa (compare Danish give ); replacing Middle English yeven, yiven, Old English gefan, giefan; cognate with Dutch geven, German geben, Gothic giban (the pronunciation of the Middle English and Old English forms with initial y- were replaced by Old Norse g- as early as 1200 in parts of the Danelaw)

synonym study for give

1. Give, confer, grant, present may mean that something concrete or abstract is bestowed on one person by another. Give is the general word: to give someone a book, permission, etc. Confer usually means to give an honor or a favor; it implies courteous and gracious giving: to confer a degree. Grant is limited to the idea of acceding to a request; it may apply to the bestowal of privileges, or the fulfillment of an expressed wish: to grant a charter, a prayer, permission, etc. Present, a more formal word than give, usually implies a certain ceremony in the giving: to present a citation to a regiment.

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How to use give in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for give

give
/ (ɡɪv) /

verb gives, giving, gave (ɡeɪv) or given (ˈɡɪvən) (mainly tr)
noun
a tendency to yield under pressure; resiliencethere's bound to be some give in a long plank; there is no give in his moral views

Derived forms of give

givable or giveable, adjectivegiver, noun

Word Origin for give

Old English giefan; related to Old Norse gefa, Gothic giban, Old High German geban, Swedish giva
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Other Idioms and Phrases with give

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